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by Ryan Snyder

The Greene Street rooftop is closing (thanks Obama), but not quite yet. Alvin Shavers, Aud Ranks and Da Kidd are going to have the VU set on “annoy” as they spin old school house and hip-hop joints all night on Wednesday. Out of the ashes of Perpetual Groove comes Ghost Owl, who’ll trick the jam set into digging some electronic pop at the Blind Tiger to kick off the venue’s 25 th anniversary celebration. Eastern Music Festival season is upon us, and they’ll present a tribute to piano man Van Cliburn at Guilford College.

The brutal assault inflicted upon professional nice guy David Via hopefully won’t waylay his appearance with Bruce Piephoff at High Rock Outfitter’s Songcraft Live series on Thursday. Twenty-five years of the Blind Tiger continues with the Mantras with Imperial Blend, while Winston-Salem says goodbye to Miss Eaves at the Garage with help from Wilde Blood and Jacob Leonard.

And herein lies the problem with the Eastern Music Festival: it costs more than a bill to see violinist Joshua Bell at Dana Auditorium on Friday, when you could have seen him playing in DC subways for free. House of Fools conjoins with Unifier and Ameriglow at the Blind Tiger. Jennifer Knapp might be Krankies’ first Grammy nominee, and the folk rock singer will be supported by local favorite TBA. Daniel Justin Smith and Appalachian Soul bring jazzed-up mountain music to the Garage, while the Green Bean hosts a neo-soul revue with Dalton Village, Jamison Bethea and Leia Sadiku and it’s only rock and roll at New York Pizza with Hammer No More the Fingers, Taylor Bays & the Lazer Rays, Julian Sizemore and Harry.

Sarah Siskind was fantastic opening up for Bonnie Raitt last year, and she’ll come home to play the Hanesbrands Theatre on Saturday. Old-time queen Alice Gerrard holds her CD release party at Mack and Mack, while Moog Music engineering chief Cyril Lance closes out the Blind Tiger’s festivities with ESP. Dylan Gilbert has gone weirdo garage with his new band Hectorina, and they’ll be joined by Matty Sheets & the Blockheads and the Old One-Two at the Green Bean. Seminal Winston-Salem funk outfit the Eliminators are now the Mighty Eliminators, and they’re playing Summer on Trade, while pop-punk holdouts Totally Slow round out the day’s outdoor series at Pop Up Promenade.

On Sunday, pop oddity Banana Lazuli visits the Green Bean with Florida rock transplants Elemeno, while on Tuesday, jam crew Nectar Unit start their Blind Tiger residency with Urban Soil.

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